Today marks change for Greetings From Michigan. For the most part, I’ve done past jersey/logo posts, and it’s been fresh and intriguing as well as impressive. However, it’s time to head in a different direction with the focus of the blog. I’m going to steer away from the past posts and focus solely on what I call “promo” jerseys.
These are the jerseys that are worn for one game and then auctioned off afterwards. They’re also the kind of jerseys worn for special nights. The idea is that I’m steering away from doing past posts. The jersey/uniform part will stay the same. I’ll give my mediocre fashion hot take on what I think looks cool or what doesn’t look cool.
The big change that is coming is how I proceed after the uniform hot take. Before today, I’d tell a little bit about the team’s history, and if I were focusing on a particular year, I’d talk a little bit about said year. Going forward I’m going to do two prospect profiles, from whatever team is featured in the blog post. The fresh and unique promo uniforms were the inspiration for me starting this blog, and the profiles allow me to talk about MiLB teams more than once and keep each post unique and refreshing.
With that being said, today’s post is the Buffalo Bisons Retro Themed Jerseys as seen below.
That’s cool. The Retro look is so cool, especially in this case. The Columbus Clippers did something similar just last week, and it was just as cool. The Retro look allows today’s fans to see uniforms that their teams wore in the past, maybe even before they were even born. Okay, I’m not completely going away from MiLB history. Going away from baseball history is hard when your college major was history.
Today’s Prospect Profiles
Jesus Montero was one of the games top prospects, considered to be a unanimous top ten in all of major league baseball. But this past spring the Mariners placed him on waivers, and the Blue Jays picked him up. Montero was drafted by the Yankees and rode sharp shots right through their farm system. In 2009, he was ranked as the 38th best prospect by Baseball America coming off a .326/.376/.491 season with 17 home runs, supported by a .391 wOBA at just 18 years old. In 2010 he was ranked 4th, then 3rd in ’11 and 6th in 2012.
From there his numbers only declined, posting a wOBA of .295 in 2012, and by this year, it was evident that he was no longer the baseball prodigy he once was as the Mariners placed him on waivers. The Blue Jays picked him up despite his fall from prodigy, and Montero can keep his baseball career alive.
Just three years ago Adams had his major league debut with the New York Yankees. He played 43 games in the big leagues but hit only .193. Ever since then he has been slumping, his bat has gone cold, and he’s been working to establish himself as a solid Triple-A player. In 2014, he went to the O’s slumped in AAA ball and was demoted to AA.
All of the last season he played AA ball in the Marlins system, and then over the winter a strong outing in Venezuela ball was enough to convince the Blue Jays to bring him into their farm system. The start of this season has been rocky for Adams, who is hitting .224. But he has been on base in 14 of the last 15 games, but the season is just starting.